The Jewelry by Guy de Maupassant

Topics: Marriage, Guy de Maupassant, Short story Pages: 1 (329 words) Published: March 6, 2008
In the Guy De Maupassant's ‘The Jewelry', a short story that anyone by just reading the title would think that it's simply about a piece of jewelry. But it is not what the title seems, it's about a man, M. Lantin, who found the love of his life and how he found out what he thought his wife did behind his back. The story only shows the M. Lantin's side of the story, a man's point of view, but it lacks Lady Lantin's side of the story. Just by reading the story, Guy De Maupassant only wrote what M. Lantin saw and felt, but he never mentioned what Lady Lantin thought of her husband or her new marriage life. And in the end, after her death, as she had no chance of defending herself, she was accused of committing adultery. But a couple of expensive jewelries could mean anything, and as I was saying, Lady Lantin never had a chance to speak for herself throughout the story, no one could be sure of whether she was really having an affair with someone else or not. Even if she did, she might have had her reasons. I believe the story has another side to it, the Lady Lantin's story. At the beginning, when M. Lantin first met Lady Lantin, he thought she was everything he wanted, actually, she was what every man would want at that time. From the description of her in the book, she seems to be a simple woman that doesn't know much and would listen to everything her husband tells her to do. And most of all, she was beautiful. As for her mother, having a husband who had just passed away couple of years ago, and a daughter with money barely enough to live on, the best way to survive was for her daughter to get married with a man that could take care of them.
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